With Christmas and New Year celebrations now nothing but a dim and distant memory, it’s time to let you all know what has happened since the start of 2017 and, more importantly, what is planned for the first few months of this new year. Brethren, I hardly know where to start – there is so much going on in this wonderful Mark Province of London and of course much of it is there for you all to read and view on the Provincial Website. Someone asked recently how to access the website – so here’s the link:-
The new year had hardly begun when we held the Province’s Annual Burns Weekend in Bournemouth. A roaring success, with all the usual favourite Scottish ingredients of Haggis, Kilts, a Piper, entertaining speeches and of course Tom Quinn in rhyme and music, lampooning everything and everyone from foreign and national politicians to his colleagues on the Executive, including yours truly, sporting the kilt for the first time – East End Tartan of course! Next year’s event has been set for 19th to 21st January – we had record numbers this year of 140 – book early for 2018 to avoid disappointment. Information will be issued before the summer.
Immediately after Burns Weekend, the Executive were hard at work, drawing up the Provincial Appointments for 2017/18. A difficult task as usual, as we are blessed with so many hard working and deserving candidates for Provincial Appointment but have such limited scope for awarding these. Offer letters will be issued very soon and the date for your diaries to support your colleagues’ Investitures is Thursday 13th July. 2pm at Freemasons’ Hall, Great Queen Street. The highlight of our masonic year and an event not to be missed.